STATEHOUSE (Jan. 8, 2021) – The House Ways and Means Committee this week voted in support of a legislative proposal co-authored by State Rep. Elizabeth Rowray (R-Yorktown) to fully fund all K-12 public school students for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19.
Rowray said the bill would ensure public schools receive 100% funding for each student, whether they attended classes in-person or virtually. Due to the pandemic, many traditional public schools had to make the shift to remote learning to help slow the spread of COVID-19. She said the bill helps mitigate requirements under current law requiring schools receive 85% of the tuition support per virtual student, which is defined as a child learning 50% or more of their instruction online.
"Our schools and teachers worked hard and made critical adjustments in order to continue educating young Hoosiers during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak," Rowray said. "It is important Indiana schools are fully funded and have the support and resources they need so students can continue to receive a quality education."
Rowray said this is a top priority this session and she looks forward to working with fellow legislators to address public education needs.
State Rep. Elizabeth Rowray (R-Yorktown) represents House District 35,
which includes portions of Delaware and Madison counties.
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